MANCHESTER — Alex Kurucz had three hits and four runs batted in to help the Brattleboro varsity baseball team to a 10-5 victory over Burr and Burton on Tuesday.
“I was really happy to see that. He is such a nice kid,” BUHS coach Chris Groeger said of his first baseman.
Zinabu McNeice, Jack Pattison and Turner Clews all had two hits for the Colonels, who went into the sixth inning trailing 5-3. Greg Fitzgerald and Caden Wood each contributed with an RBI single, while freshman Brandon Weeks added a solo homer.
“We were able to get to their bullpen and put together a couple of good rallies in the last two innings,” Groeger explained.
Jolie Glidden and Weeks did the pitching for Brattleboro, combining for seven strikeouts and seven walks.
“That’s way too many walks by our pitchers,” the winning coach stated.
The Colonels (10-1) can clinch the division title with a home victory over Rutland on Saturday. On Senior Day, the team will honor 12th graders Henry Thurber, Fitzgerald, Kurucz and Wood.
Hinsdale’s varsity baseball team was defeated by Mascenic 12-2 on Tuesday. Aidan Davis, Jason Cowan and Andrew Lindsell all finished with a pair of hits for the Pacers, with a no-doubt homer by Davis being the highlight.
WINDSOR — Brattleboro bested Windsor 5-4 in eight innings on Thursday.
“We struggled in the first inning, committing three errors and giving up three unearned runs. After that inning, the kids buckled down and played solid defense. I was proud of the way the kids hung tough and played solid throughout the rest of the game,” said BUHS coach Kelly Markol, whose team improved to 8-4 overall.
Leah Madore (11 K’s, 1 BB, 5 hits) earned the win. Logan Austin powered the offense with two hits and one run batted in, while Taylin Bauer, Alexa Kinley, Brittney Wright and Madore added one hit each.
The Colonels were coming off of a 15-1 rout of Burr and Burton on Tuesday. Aliza Speno and Bauer had two hits apiece for the victors. Brenna Beebe, Greta Neddenriep, Madore and Austin chipped in with one knock each. Madore earned the victory inside the circle, fanning 10, walking just one and allowing two hits.
Hannah Landers had three hits, including a double, in Leland & Gray’s 22-14 loss to Green Mountain. Catherine Shine (3 RBI) and Mary Sanderson each finished with a couple of hits for the 4-9 Rebels.
Hannah Sullivan doubled for Twin Valley during a 26-7 loss to Proctor. Sydney Wood went 4-for-4 at the plate to propel the winners.
Also on Tuesday, Hinsdale fell to Mascenic 10-3. Delaney Wilcox pounded out a couple of hits to lead the Lady Pacers. Angelina Nardolillo, who went the distance, helped herself with a triple and an RBI.
Track and Field
WESTMINSTER — The Brattleboro boys and girls teams swept Thursday’s meet at Bellows Falls Union High School.
Tenzin Mathes won the 1,500 and Nolan Holmes prevailed in the 3,000 to pace the BUHS boys. Genevieve Redmond (high jump, triple jump) and Ava Whitney (400, 800, long jump) were the multiple winners for the Colonel girls. Sylvie Normandeau struck gold in the pole vault, while Brattleboro’s 4x100 relay team of Caitlin Lonardo, Priya Kitzmiller, Alina Secrest and Normandeau also triumphed.
Finishing first for Bellows Falls were: Breanna Stockman (shot put and javelin), Owen LaRoss (shot put and discus), Harrison Gleim (200 and triple jump), Jack Burke (100 and long jump), Maya Waryas (300 hurdles) and Luke Parker-Jennings (pole vault). The Terriers also got victories from relay foursomes Stephanie Ager, Grace Bazin, Delaney Lockerby, Eryn Ross, and Molly Hodsden, Lilly Ware, Ross, Lockerby.
Trevor Stillwagon took the 400 and Christian Cannella was best in the javelin to pace Leland & Gray. Kate Petty was the runner-up in the triple jump.
Boys’ results: Brattleboro 123 points, Bellows Falls 121, Hartford 95, Leland & Gray 78, Green Mountain 71. Girls’ results: Brattleboro 170 points, Bellows Falls 169, Green Mountain 71, Hartford 62, Leland & Gray 39.
BRATTLEBORO — The Colonels suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of the Woodstock Wasps, 16-0 at Woodstock last Friday and 17-1 at Natowich Field on Wednesday night.
In Wednesday’s game, Aden McMahon scored the lone Brattleboro goal with an assist from Alex Baker. Goalie Thad Sawyer made 15 saves and Trevor Thibault had a strong showing at the faceoff X.
“Woodstock is one of the better teams we’ve seen play in the past few years. Despite the score, we played much tougher the second time around and the team never backed down,” noted BUHS coach Chris Sawyer.
The midfield line of Baker, Riley Dionne and Waylund Walsh had strong two-way games and Noah Perusse was very active clearing the ball.
“This has been a great group of players. They’ve really worked hard and come a long way. Unfortunately, it seems as if the season has flown by, but we’re always excited to take the field with these guys — despite the scores, they improve with each experience,” said Sawyer.